Lucknow Metro delay unavoidable, says E. Sreedharan

first_imgThe delay in starting the Lucknow Metro for public use cannot be attributed to the change in political power at the helm of Uttar Pradesh, said noted civil engineer E. Sreedharan, popularly known as the ‘Metro Man’, here on Thursday.Mr. Sreedharan said the transition in power from the Samajwadi Party (SP) to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in U.P. had no impact on the “planning or schedule” of the Lucknow Metro’s construction. The postponement of the deadline was due to “unavoidable reasons” such as the delay in receiving coaches and timely Railway clearances, he said. He expressed confidence that the Metro rail would be running in the U.P. capital by the third or fourth week of July.Mr. Sreedharan said Metro projects across India were awaiting government clearances as the Centre was finalising a new Metro policy. Work for the Lucknow Metro began in September 2014 and the trial run on its priority corridor was conducted on December 1, 2016. The previous SP government had announced the services would begin on March 26. The target, however, could not be met, with the BJP government criticising the previous Akhikesh Yadav regime for doing things “hastily”. Despite the repeated extension of the deadline, Mr. Sreedharan said the Lucknow Metro could boast of having the fastest first section of any metro be be completed anywhere in the country.last_img read more

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Lakers’ Lonzo Ball to miss 4 to 6 weeks with sprained left ankle

first_imgLos Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) is carried off the court by Michael Beasley, left, and Lance Stephenson after Ball sustained an injury during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)LOS ANGELES — Already without injured star LeBron James, the Los Angeles Lakers will be missing guard Lonzo Ball for the next four to six weeks after an MRI on Sunday showed a sprained left ankle.Ball was injured in the third quarter of the Lakers’ 138-134 overtime loss at Houston on Saturday night. He remained on the court for a couple of minutes talking with trainers before he was helped to his feet where he hopped on his right foot for a few steps before being carried off the court and to the locker room by teammates Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Seeing similarities between Adrien Broner and Floyd Mayweather, Jerwin Ancajas confident Manny Pacquiao will beat ‘Money’ in case of rematch SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes An MRI revealed a Grade 3 sprain, the team tweeted Sunday.James has missed the Lakers’ last 13 games with a strained left groin.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLos Angeles hosts Golden State on Monday night. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more

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Cody Simpson Named Ocean Advocate By United Nations Development Programme

first_imgTo mark World Oceans Day, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will name Australian musician Cody Simpson as its first-ever Ocean Advocate to help raise awareness of the crucial role the ocean plays in the health of the planet and people.“I grew up by the ocean and the beach,” said Mr. Simpson during an event held at UN Headquarters in New York. “I want to do everything I can in my own life to protect and preserve the ocean. Just as you should in yours.”According to UNDP, Mr. Simpson will kick off off his new role as part of The Ocean Conference, which has been under way since Monday and which will wrap up on Friday, 9 June.He will attend a photo exhibition, Waves of Action; explore an ocean lab; speak at the premiere of Urban Bay, a documentary exploring the underwater world of Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay; and join the closing celebration with a live performance in the General Assembly.The singer shared his personal connection to the ocean to urge the global community and his millions of devoted fans to join the #SaveOurOcean campaign.“The oceans are in serious trouble right now and we need passionate advocates like Cody to help us restore them to health,” said Mila Rosenthal, UNDP Communications Director. “We are thrilled to team up with Cody, whose dedication we hope will inspire millions of others – especially young people – to play an active role in saving the oceans and protecting our shared future.”UNDP has joined the Conference to highlight the direct link between a healthy ocean and ending poverty, which are part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of global goals agreed by world leaders to achieve by 2030.last_img read more

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